Photo Credit: Haines Skagway Fast Ferry

Things To Do In Haines

Take an unforgettable adventure and sharpen your camera skills on a Photography Tour

Take an unforgettable adventure and sharpen your camera skills on a Photography Tour

1. Sightsee Haines

Haines may be a tiny town, but it serves up a wealth of activities. Check out the abundant bears, bald eagles, and other wildlife as you improve your camera skills on a photography tour. Then take to two wheels and pedal around this quaint town; rent a bike or opt for a guided bicycle tour of just a few hours or several days. Visit Fort William H. Seward, which dates to 1902 and is now a showcase for Alaska Indian art—it’s just a 10-minute walk from downtown. And explore the town’s fascinating museums and cultural centers, covering everything from native Tlingit people to hammers.

2. Get Out on the Water

Shimmering waters surrounded by lush forests and snow-capped peaks make for a thrilling kayaking or rafting tour. Choose from single or multi-day trips and be ready to be awed. You can also easily visit nearby Skagway by hopping on the Haines Skagway Fast Ferry (the fastest way to get between the two towns); once there, enjoy of all of the fun things to do in Skagway.

A guest with Alaska Mountain Guides kayaks past an ice berg.

A guest with Alaska Mountain Guides kayaks past an ice berg.

A dog overlooking Haines from the top of Mt. Ripinski

Overlook Haines from Mt. Ripinski. Photo by Jordan Piper.

3. Go for a Hike

Take advantage of the town’s unique location by hiking its variety of trails. Some of them wind around the beautiful coastline and lead to beaches and magnificent views; others climb high into the mountains, offering stunning overlooks (like Mt. Ripinski, where you can get a beautiful perspective on the entire Haines area). You’ll also find good hiking trails right in town.

A bald eagle takes flight from a tree

Marvel at bald eagles in their natural habitat. Photo by Kristie Calvin.

4. Look for Wildlife

The Haines area is home to tons of wildlife—from moose to bears and a variety of birds—and you may even see some of them right downtown! While you can spot bald eagles here year-round, thousands more arrive in fall; the result is more bald eagles than anywhere else in the world. Check them out at the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. And further celebrate these birds during the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival, held every year in November.

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Season: Year Round
3 to 10 Day + | $2600+ / Person
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: S/V Arcturus

This South­east Alas­ka-based tour oper­a­tor will leave you with a new def­i­n­i­tion of what it means to have a once-in-a-life­time Alas­ka cruise: You sail on an inti­mate ves­sel — often get­ting to steer your­self, under the super­vi­sion of an expe­ri­enced licensed cap­tain — while explor­ing away from the crowds, and get­ting a won­der­ful­ly up-close view of the wildlife and scenery. Sail­ings from Juneau and Sitka. 

Season: May 01 to Oct 01 $89+ 3 - 8 hrs

Some peo­ple love the view of Alas­ka from the side of a ship, or from above in a bush plane. But this cycle shop and tour oper­a­tor based in Haines and Skag­way proves that there’s noth­ing quite like the view of Alas­ka from atop two wheels, as you glide through the gor­geous­ly unique scenery. Its day trips are a fab­u­lous way for inde­pen­dent trav­el­ers and cruise pas­sen­gers to take a detour on their voy­age, enjoy­ing a dif­fer­ent pace and per­spec­tive on  ...more

Season: May 01 to Sep 30 $74 Round Trip 45 mins one-way

Oper­at­ing from May to Sep­tem­ber, this pri­vate fer­ry ser­vice is the eas­i­est and fastest way to trav­el between Haines and Skag­way. The 45-minute ride pass­es through Taiya Inlet, a steep-walled rocky fjord just out­side of Skag­way, and then opens up to the Lynn Canal near Haines. As you ride, look for seals and sea lions, as well as hump­back, minke, and orca whales. Don’t for­get to look up from the water from time to time to check out the  ...more

$899+ 3 - 12 days

Sock­eye Cycle offers fab­u­lous­ly in-depth trips that stretch across the state, and even into Cana­da, and last any­where from 3 to 12 days. Cycling around Alas­ka is spe­cial in a few ways. The roads can some­times be quirky, and some­times a lit­tle more rugged than a fresh­ly paved road some­where else. But on the oth­er hand, you‘ll like­ly get the road to your­self, so you can relax and spend more time enjoy­ing the scenery. These mul­ti-day trips offer a  ...more

$114+ 4 hrs - 8 days

Guid­ed sea kayak­ing in Alaska’s South­east opens up the mag­i­cal world of water-based tour­ing. Glide through a marine envi­ron­ment with gor­geous views in every direc­tion, and many oppor­tu­ni­ties to spot wildlife – from eagles and salmon to bears, whales and sea lions. Options include day tours for busy sched­ules and mul­ti-day immer­sions, all under the expert guid­ance of nat­u­ral­ists who help you under­stand the com­plex work­ings of a unique and amazing  ...more

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